Cooley Landing Via Bay Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Palo Alto, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 22 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips






no shade

no dogs

Due to COVID-19 trails in this preserve are closed on weekends and are temporarily closed to bikes and horses. Specific info regarding further restrictions can be found here: The flat Bay Trail is an out-and-back through the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve. The hike begins near parking at Cooley Landing and meanders through marshland and vegetation, with a view of the Dumbarton Bridge and San Francisco Bay throughout the hike.

Wed Jul 04 2018

It’s not the nicest place in the Bay Area by any means but being close to where I leave, very convenient. The surface isn’t asphalt so it’s better for your knees than running on the street. Parking 500 ft passed the entrance of the trail.

Sun May 13 2018

Easy walking trail. Get to see (and smell) the bay. Pretty wild flowers when we went. Not crowded on a Friday afternoon.

road biking
Sun Mar 12 2017

I did some biking at Coyote Hills earlier in the day and then biked across the Dumbarton Bridge to Ravenswood Open Preserve. The trail starts at Cooley Landing, where they just opened an education center. You cross a bridge and follow a trail north and then east until you reach an observation platform. There is funding in place to connect the northern section of this trail to University Avenue, filling a .6 mile gap in the bay trail. This will be a nice improvement as I had to bike through East Palo Alto to get to Cooley Landing, which wasn't ideal. There is also a trail that extends south from the Dumbarton bridge, but these trails do not connect. They are separated by the Hetch Hetchy Pipeline and a defunct rail road track.

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